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Salmon Teriyaki Stick (鮭の照り焼き串)


1½ lb salmon fillet
2 to 3 Tbsp warm liquid honey
16 bamboo skewer

Teriyaki Marinade:

1½ tsp sugar
1½ Tbsp Mirin style sweet cooking seasoning
3 Tbsp Japanese soy sauce
1½ tsp Dijon mustard
¼ tsp lime juice


  1. Soak bamboo skewer in cold water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Cut salmon into long thin strips about ¾” wide and ¼” thick.
  3. Mix marinade ingredients in a deep dish and add salmon strips. Toss gently to coat. Set aside for about 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat broiler on high when almost ready to cook the salmon.
  5. Thread the salmon strips onto the skewers and arrange on an oiled roasting rack placed over a jellyroll pan lined with foil. Brush the top side with oil. Broil for about 1½ minute. Turn skewers over and brush with oil. Broil for another 1½ minute. Brush the same side with warm liquid honey. Broil for 5 to 7 minutes. Turn over and brush with honey. Broil for another 5 to 7 minutes. Remove and serve.

Nutrition value for 2 sticks:

Calorie 214, Fat 12.4 g, Carbohydrate 7 g, Fibre 0 g, Sugar 5 g, Cholesterol 47 mg, Sodium 433 mg, Protein 18 g.

Anytime Workout

Lunge to Work Your Glutes

  1. Place your right foot on the ground in the middle of the door frame. Step your left foot backward and lower yourself into a lunge. Place your fingertips on the frame to help you balance.
  2. Keep your right knee bend and your body low to the ground as you bring your left knee toward your chest (your left foot will come off the ground). The more stable your right leg and the lower you stay to the ground, the harder the exercise will be.
  3. Do 10 repetitions, then switch and repeat on the opposite leg.

Source: The Globe and Mail

Probiotics and Good Gut Health

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5 Claims About Probiotics and Good Gut Health

Chances are you see pills, powders, drinks and yogurt infused with probiotics every time you go to the grocery store. Marketed as “friendly” bacteria that aid digestion, do these products provide true health benefits or are they simply hype? Dr. Eamonn Quigley, an expert in gut health, heads the gastroenterology and hepatology division at Houston Methodist Hospital. Here he addresses 5 common claims about probiotics.

1. Probiotics decrease the incidence of colds, allergies and eczema.

Probiotics are not a magic bullet, but those that contain live organisms may provide health benefits, like shortening the duration of a cold. They can also help with common intestinal symptoms and decrease urinary tract infections in women. There is even some evidence that probiotics might help you lose weight. There are trillions of strains of probiotics, and some are becoming more common in beauty products like lotions, skin creams and cosmetics. They’re also added to dental products like mints, gums and toothpaste. However, not all have been tested adequately to show that they contain live organisms.

2. All probiotics on the market have proven health benefits.

There’s a lot of hype in the marketplace, so you need to look for products that not only list a specific strain on the label but also offer readers easy access to scientific studies supporting the health benefit claims. Most of the valid products contain bacteria, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium that already live in your gut and help keep you healthy and digest your food. We still need to determine what are the best bacteria strains and doses for particular situations.

3. Examples of “valid” probiotic food products

The types of foods on the market claiming to deliver probiotics has expanded greatly over the past several years to include granola and candy bars, frozen yogurt, cereal, juice and cookies. Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 is the strain in Align, but Lactobacillus may be one of the most commonly known probiotics that comes in a variety of strains:

  • Lactobacillus GG (often called LGG), which can be found in thediet supplement Culturelle, as well as some milk products in Finland;
  • L. casei DN114 001 can be found in Dannon products; and
  • L. casei Shirota is included in Yakult, a popular probiotic drink from Japan.

4. Probiotics can relieve everything from irritable bowel syndrome to high cholesterol.

Since probiotics are live microorganisms, when taken in large enough quantities, they can help improve and maintain the health of your gastrointestinal tract. If you boost the populations of good bacteria in your gut, it makes sense that you’re not only improving your gut health, but also benefitting other aspects of your health linked to the gut – including your immune system. This is because the gut encounters foreign substances every day in the food we eat, making it a major line of defense against potentially harmful pathogens.

Irritable bowel syndrome, with its range of unpleasant symptoms including bloating, flatulence and diarrhea, is a condition often treated over the counter with probiotics. The link between the gut and our immune system has also prompted great interest in the benefits of probiotics in treating a range of allergic and auto-immune conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s disease. There is growing evidence that gut flora plays a significant part in these diseases.

5. Fecal transplants can be an effective mega-probiotic.

We already know gut infections can be treated by introducing good bacteria. Now, more research shows that a reliable source of healthy bacteria may be healthy people’s feces to help restore the balance of bacteria. This certainly has the “ick” factor, but fecal transplants can have almost instant results in the sickest patients, like those who have experienced the gut infection, C. diff. (or Clostridium difficile), and are not responsive to antibiotics.

Fecal transplants can be performed in a number of ways. Once the feces is diluted with a liquid, like salt water, it is pumped into the intestinal tract via a colonoscope, a tube run through the nose into the stomach or small intestine, or an enema.

Source: Houston Methodist

Stuffed Beef Meatball


2 lb ground sirloin beef
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup panko
4 gloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup minced shallot
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
2 tsp ground pepper
2 tsp kosher salt
8 oz smoked mozzarella, cut into 3/4-inch cubes


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with silpat or silicone mat.
  2. Combine beef and remaining ingredients, except cheese, in a bowl. Gently mix ingredients together.
  3. Place roughly 2 tbsp mixture in the hand and gently flatten to a disk. Place cheese in the centre of the meat. Form the meat around cheese to cover it and shape into a ball. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  4. Place meatballs on the baking sheet, leaving roughly 1-inch space around each meatball. Bake meatball in oven for about 30 minutes or until done. Remove and serve as appetizer.

Makes 16 meatballs.

Source: The Essence of Entertaining

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